CELEBRATING FIFE 2017…
A Celebration of Snowdrops
West Fife Woodlands group is pleased to once again join forces with other partners to host this year’s Fife Snowdrops Spectacular, now its eleventh anniversary year.
As in previous years the group will be providing guided walks through Valleyfield Woodland Park and its wonderful displays of snowdrops. This and the other participating venues in Fife are part of Visit Scotland’s annual Scottish Snowdrop Festival.
Besides Valleyfield Woodland Park, we recommend that you visit Cambo Gardens, Falkland Centre for Stewardship, Balmerino Abbey (NTS), Hill of Tarvit (NTS), Kellie Garden (NTS), Lindores House and The Beech Avenue, Aberdour.
Stagecoach timetable changes
Stagecoach will be making changes to a number of their services on Tuesday 3rd January 2017. Please see the attached summary sheet outlining what these changes are. The new timetables will be available shortly on the Stagecoach website.
Passengers looking to travel to areas where services have had their timetable changed should access Traveline Scotland for journey options. Passengers may find that journeys can still be made by interchanging with other services. Traveline can be accessed via various platforms including the Traveline App, Website or by calling 0871 200 22 33.
Information on public transport options can also be found on Google Transit.
Full changes here
The winner of a raffle at Fairley's Garden Centre has been presented with her prize.
Our photo shows George McDonald from Fairley's with £500 prize winner, Doreen Smith, from Cairneyhilll.
The raffle was drawn at a recent Christmas launch night and proceeds went to CHAS.
Top award for Woodlands group
West Fife Woodlands based at Shiresmill near Blairhall was presented with the “Community Path Group of the Year” award at the “The Surgeon’s Halls” in Edinburgh.
This award was made at the Paths for All 2016 Volunteer Awards Ceremony which was attended by Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell MSP.
West Fife Woodlands was commended for developing and maintaining a network of paths in 112 acres of woodland with 1,600 volunteer hours expended during the last year.
Band seeking pipers and drummers
West Fife Schools Pipe Band are currently recruiting tenor drummers, snare drummers, bass drummer and pipers. Any children currently being educated in the West Fife area aged 8 - 18 years are eligible to join us.
We have a dedicated team of experienced tutors who specialise in teaching children.
No previous experience necessary; drums and uniform are provided. We practice in Rosyth, Fife, and perform throughout the area.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Facebook for more details.
SESplan is the Strategic Development Planning .Authority for the Edinburgh and SE Scotland city region.
Its role is to prepare a Strategic Development Plan every 5 years that sets out a vision for the long term development of the region and deals with cross-boundary issues such as housing, green networks and transport. The current Plan needs to be replace in 2018.
'Hard hat' tours at Bennet House
Some forthcoming events at Bennet House in Culross.
Bennet House is a National Trust for Scotland Little Houses Improvement Scheme project, to restore a derelict building in the heart of the historic burgh into two comfortable and modern dwellings (details: http://www.nts.org.uk/Site/LHIS/Bennet-House/).
Building work has now started at Bennet House and we will be running fortnightly ‘hard hat tours’ on a Friday afternoon to allow people to visit, see progress and find out about the Little Houses Improvement Schemes work as the NTS’ in-house buildings preservation trust.
Woodlands 'highly commended'
West Fife Woodlands were Highly Commended in the 2016 Scottish Finest Woods Awards ‘Community Woodland’ competition for promoting Healthy Lifestyles, on Friday 24 June at the Royal Highland Show.
The Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards recognises, celebrates and commends the dedication and commitment to the creation and management of Scotland’s finest woods.
Longannet Power Station closes
By John Le Marie
Longannet Power Station formally closed on 31st March after ceasing to output to the grid on Thursday 24th March. It is the last of the coal-fired power stations to close in Scotland.
It first began generating electricity in 1970 and once fully commissioned, was the largest coal-fired station in Europe. Prior to its closure it was the third largest, after Belchat? in Poland and Drax in England. However with its installed generating capacity of 2,400 megawatts it remained the highest of any power station in Scotland.
- March 2016 Update
Did you know that it only takes five trees to make an orchard? We have many more than that here!
In February, over 250 children from 7 schools in Fife helped to transform this space into an orchard for wildlife and people to enjoy.
If you walk here regularly you may have recently met children and teachers from Torryburn, Saline, Inzievar, St Serfs, Tulliallan, Culross or Holy Name Primary Schools.
Bennet House: A Study House in Culross
The National Trust for Scotland will be working on an innovative project in Culross this summer, restoring an historic building and in the process helping people find out how conservation skills are put into practice.
The building in question is Bennet House, a house which sits directly opposite The Bessie Bar Hall in Culross and has its origins in the late 16th/early 17th centuries.
Bennet House has been unoccupied for around 20 years and the damaging effects of Scottish weather, combined with a lack of regular maintenance and upkeep, have taken their toll on the building.
'Friends of Bandrum'
Most people will know of Bandrum Care Home, tucked away in the woods at Cowstrandburn, but how many appreciate that with 120 staff it is far and away our largest employer, or are aware of the considerable investment made in recent years to upgrade and extend the range of accommodation available for more than 80 residents from across the age range and with a wide variety of care needs?
Solar farms for West Fife Villages?
Given the past summer, people would be justified in thinking the last place for solar technology would be the West Fife Villages. Well, they're wrong.
Applications have been submitted to Fife Council for the erection of a 5Mw solar farms on Muirmealing Farm, Saline and at Grange, Blairhall.
Fife Leader funding
“Leader” is a European grant scheme administered by Fife Council that can give awards to projects that address deficiencies in rural communities such as the West Fife Villages. Details of what will be eligible are not yet available but are likely to include works relevant to us.
The council's funding team has a database of community groups throughout Fife and keeps them up to date on funding opportunities. Funding updates will be posted as they become available but, if your group wants to be included on the council's circulation list, contact Patricia Galfskiy (email@example.com)
Strategic Plan review
NHS Fife and Fife Council have launched a consultation to seek the public’s view on the Strategic Plan for Fife (2016-19).
Running from 7 October 2015 until the 6 January 2016 the draft Strategic Plan sets out a vision for the transformation of health and social care over the next four years. This includes widening the skills of teams, changing the way we commission services, strengthening partnerships and leveraging new technology.
Official opening of woodland path
A formal opening ceremony of the Blairhall to Balgownie Woodland Path took place recently, with the ribbon cutting taking place at the newly erected bridge over Grange Burn.
Attending were representatives of Fife Council, local MSP Cara Hilton, MP Thomas Docherty and other representatives from West Fife Woodlands, Valleyfield Heritage Project Group, Forestry Commission Scotland, Paths for All, ScotWays and the Scottish Ramblers Association. In addition, there was a good attendance by members of the local community.